Take the kids away to Rotorua and stay in our thermal Holiday Park. Come and enjoy our hot mineral pools, steam oven, hot water beach, playground and if you’re lucky you might catch a trout or two.To help ease the cost of going away we’re giving the 4th night away free, pay for 3 and stay for 4!
The dates available are between (and including)
19th, April 2013 – 23rd, April 2013
28th, April 2013 – 2nd, May 2013
When booking online please request the April School Holiday Special!
*Subject to availability.
*Internet bookings only.
*Booking conditions apply.
Another big event for Rotorua, Te Matatini 2013. To sum up what it’s all about here’s an excerpt from the website.
TE MATATINI 2013 – ROTORUA
E nga mana, e nga reo, e nga karangatanga maha nau mai whakatau mai ki te tauranga paoho a Te Matatini
Te Matatini Society Incorporated, in conjunction with Te Arawa rohe, is proud to present Te Matatini 2013 – Rotorua.
New Zealand’s national kapa haka competition and premiere Maori cultural performing arts festival.
Join us in celebrating the 21st Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival and experience the world’s largest celebration of Māori performing arts, showcasing Māori culture, talent, crafts and cuisine.
41 elite kapa haka competing for the title of national champion
4 days of fierce competition
3 competition pools
1 winner and new Toa Whakaihuwaka
As always if you need a place to stay while you watch or participate, just let us know…
The Rotorua Bike Festival is just around the corner and the city is gearing up for our first 10 day bike-fest.
The festival has something for everyone, to name a few; family rides, tykes on trykes, Shweeb Champs, BMX, Frock on Bikes… so it’s not just for the pros.
We’re keen cyclists here at camp but not quite up to the National Mountain Bike Championships, so we’ll stick to what we’re good at, providing a place for you AND your bike!
See you there and good luck to all the competitors!
Cosy Cottage is the perfect place to host your group. We have a stand alone building that has 12 units sleeping up to 59 people. Two of the units work well as leaders’ rooms as they have private ensuites. This configuration is very popular for school groups and large sports teams. Smaller group accommodation is also well catered for, with our self contained flats. Our largest flats can sleep 8 people and if booked far enough in advance you’ll secure adjacent flats.
We do our best to sharpen the pencil to keep your costs down, contact us for our best rates.
For more information please see http://cosycottage.co.nz/groups/
Looks like ragamuffin couldn’t wait another year to perform so they are hitting the road this winter and returning to Rotorua. Yah for us!
Raggamuffin wil be performing on Monday the 4th June ( Queens birthday weekend) with Fiji, J Boog, Peetah Morgan, Spawnbreezie headlining their special tour.
So if your planning on coming down to reggae it up, Cosy Cottage is the place to stay! We have spots for camping and a range of accommodation and prices. For those of you on a budget we have thermally heated tents sites which makes camping in the winter that much more endurable. Come home late and crawl into your warm tent!
We’re a small but diverse bunch here at Cosy Cottage. Our Dawn Vandy will be in the spotlight for this post as we’re talking running. I asked Dawn to share a few thoughts about her legendary efforts…
Having run 21 marathons (19 which was then Fletcher Marathon and 2 Hamilton marathons) I have full admiration for any-one that finishes the marathon whether it be run,walk, jog or race.
I was very lucky to have my brother-in-law (Colin Smyth, Mr Marathon Man, the only runner to have run every Rotorua Marathon) as my coach.
The Rotorua Marathon was known as one of the most challenging marathons in the southern hemisphere due to the hills around the course. Over a period of time some of the hills have been shaved off but never the less it is still a challenging course to respect.
I had pressure put on me on my very first marathon. Firstly being, I wanted to break that magical time of 4 hours. Secondly our niece was getting married in Whakatane that day and our daughter was flower girl. If I was not at the 30k mark at a certain time, I was going to have to pull out. However, I took note from my seasoned club mates tips, e.g Do not start too fast, take on plenty of water, relax and enjoy it. I made it to the finish just in time where my husband was biting his nails and we made it to the church 2 minutes before the bride arrived.
I went on to run 18 more Fletchers and was lucky enough to better my times enabling me to pick a few placings. I do not know if the supporters and people of Rotorua realise just how much they make this marathon special. All around the course you hear wonderful words of encouragement etc which makes for a awesome atmosphere.
To every one that has entered this years events,good luck, enjoy and you have my full admiration.
21 Marathons! Thats 550.2 Miles! What a stellar effort. Thanks for sharing Dawn.
If anyone is interested here’s the official info.
Looking for an excuse to come and stay in Rotorua this winter? Maybe a midwinter Christmas with a steamed dinner in our steam oven? Thaw out in 40º geothermal hot pools? Or just come and see why Rotorua has won NZ’s most beautiful city 6 times out of past 11 years.
1. Stay free on your 4th night
Treat yourself to a little more time off.
2. Book 2 nights and save a 10%
Perfect for that weekend away.
3. Book 2 nights or more in a kitchen cabin and request a free upgrade to a flatlet.
Enjoy a made bed, kitchenette, and thermally heated room.
4. Book a KAITUNA RAFTING TRIP – $75 per person, normally $84.
The worlds highest commercially rafted waterfall!
Available 22/04/12 to 28/09/12. Discounts must be arranged prior to stay. Direct on line customer bookings only. Not available for group or agency bookings. Discount subject to availability. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Not available School Holidays, Queen’s Birthday weekend or peak weekends or peak periods . Available only by request with on line reservation or PH 0800 22 24 24 at time of booking.
Another perk of camp life.
Chris, a nice bloke, recently stayed with us and decided that he’d have a go at trout fishing in the Utuhina Trout Stream down the back of Cosy Cottage Holiday Park.
Sure enough, with some local advice he got his bag limit of 8 trout each day for the 3 days he was with us. As luck would have it he didn’t like eating fish! Needless to say there were some very happy campers.
He handed me this one over the counter, dripping wet. Made quite a scene in a busy office.
Chris kindly shared a few tips which I’ll pass on, stay tuned…
We wouldn’t normally blog about a new pair of gloves but this is a nice story.
We had a lovely family stay with us who enjoyed some of the on site facilities. Particularly the steam oven. The steam oven has a pair of heavy duty welding gloves to protect your hand from the steam. Our poor old gloves were a little tired (maybe a lot tired!) and the lovely family mentioned they would send us a spare pair they had lying around.
Low and behold, the promised gloves turned up. Made our day here at Cosy Cottage!
Thanks again to Paul, Erin and Precus!
Natalie and I are really enjoying one of the perks of living at Cosy Cottage, the steam oven or steam hāngi. We’re going to post our successes and failures with the meals we cook in the steam oven. If we’re not too ravenous, we’ll try to stop and take a snap of the final product!
Tonight we made a pork spare ribs. Easy as…
Add pork spare ribs to a pot with a sauce of choice. I used my homemade BBQ sauce (diced garlic, soy sauce, worcester sauce, puree tomato, salt & pepper, a bit of chilli, and a splash of whiskey). 5 hours in the steam oven then grilled the ribs and reduced the leftover sauce. Paired with some coleslaw and baked vegetable salad.
Verdict: Success. I promise we’ll do these again and I’ll get some photos!
Until next time,